Two weeks ago, the atmosphere at Old Trafford was electric, the fans, the players, the manager, and everyone connected to Manchester United had smiles on their faces. Fast-forward to the last few days or past seek, all of these feelings have dried up and there is obviously something wrong.
That something could be wrong is even an understatement, as it appears that they have fallen into 5 big problems now. To analyze these problems, you just need to consider their last set of games the club played.
Three loses in the last three matches in different competitions have done the damage. A shock defeat in the Champions League, a 1 – 0 defeat to West Ham in the Carabao and another 1 – 0 defeat against Aston Villa doing all the damages. Normally, the team is expected to bounce back, but they may not be the case.
While they would certainly try to do so in their midweek Champions League clash against Villarreal, the club appears to have fallen into 5 big problems that could affect their Champions League chances as well as their Premier League aspirations.
In this article, we will take a look at the 5 big problems that Manchester United have fallen into. Please try to follow “Amazingboi” if you find this article interesting in the end.
5. Mason Greenwood.
At the age of 19, Mason Greenwood is one of Manchester United's best players at the moment. Haven started the season like a house on fire, the young Englishman has scored 3 goals this season. However, in the game against Aston Villa, Greenwood was guilty of being selfish.
If the young lad had been more selfless, he would have earned one or two assists. Perhaps, the team would have got something out of the game. While a simple talking to could be enough, the situation could be a big problem if it affects the player.
Recall that at the start of last season, he wasn't himself due to the issue he had while on duty with the English national team. A loss in concentration from him could be a big blow, as he is the only player who seem to be performing on the right-hand side.
4. Penalty decision.
Soon after Ronaldo was announced to be joining Manchester United, fans and pundits have been asking who would be talking set pieces, him and Bruno Fernandes. On Saturday, Bruno Fernandes took the spot kick awarded to Manchester United. Unfortunately, the number 18 uncharacteristically skyrocketed his effort into the stands, much to the dismay of Ronaldo, Solskjaer and the fans.
As a result, many are now of the opinion that Ronaldo should be made the team's set piece taker. While Solskjaer has still maintained that it is up to them, there could be a problem when the team gets another penalty. Where it is in the Champions League or Premier League, the decision on who takes penalties could be a big problem if not managed well.
3. The presence of Ronaldo.
Believe it or not, Ronaldo's presence may have become problematic. Players like Edison Cavani, Anthony Martial, Sancho and Lingard may not be too happy about the presence of Ronaldo. First, he took Edison Cavani's number 7 shirt.
Then he has taken his spot in the team as well. Martial has fallen further down the pecking order. Sancho Harry starts and Rashford will soon return. When Ronaldo fails to deliver, these players may not have the enthusiasm to perform due to how they were treated by his arrival.
Similarly, as a born winner, he may become quite vocal about some underperforming elements at the club. Should he do that, it could spark a dressing room unrest which could tear the team apart. Don't be surprised if he even upset Solskjaer who many are now demanding that he gets sacked.
Aside the fact that Manchester United lost two games in a row, they also lost two significant players in their last loss in the Premier League. If you have been watching Manchester United for about two seasons now, you would understand that the injury to Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw in particular is a big problem.
Since the arrival of Telles, Luke Shaw has raised his game. He has become undroppable as most of the Red Devil's attacking plays comes from his position at left back. He is the player who usually begin attacks, he links up with the likes of Pogba, Fernandez and Rashford excellently.
His absence will deny the team of such performances. Telles cannot do the job. Considering where Manchester United finds themselves now, his absence is a bigger problem.
Lindelof and Varane con take care of the heart of the defence in Maguire's absence, but Telles or Dakota can't do the job of Luke Shaw.
1. Ole Out.
In the wake of the crisis Manchester United finds itself in, one man who has been thrown the majority of the blame is the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The "One out" demand has increased like never before. Managers such as Zidane and Conte have been mentioned as possible replacements.
His offences are failure to win titles, poor selection, poor substitution, underutilization of players, lack of character, and persistence with an underperforming player in Frederico Rodrigues.
While a change of coach now could be instrumental going forward, it could similarly unsettle the team even further. As a result, the club finds itself in a dilemma. Should be board give him more time, or should they sack him? As for many fans, it is "Ole out".
While these problems could easily be managed if the right decisions are taken, they could mar the club's chances of winning either the Premier League or the UEFA Champions League.
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